Saturday, 29 August 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
It was difficult to find anywhere to watch where you got a really good view of the races. I think most folk probably go for the atmosphere, the betting and the beer! The bars were busy and have lots of screens in them so you probably get a better view of what's happening in the race from there!
I'm glad I went anyway, something else ticked off my list of things to do someday.
Monday, 1 June 2009
I had a great time - I'd never been to the Falkirk Wheel before so I found that really interesting, and I really surprised myself by how much I enjoyed watching the polo. Orkney won every game I watched which probably helped! It was a gorgeous sunny day as well (I think a lot of people would have got a bit sunburnt if they weren't very careful!).
I've still to sort the photos properly - that'll happen when I have more time - but here's a wee taster for just now.
We've got Induction Week now - a full week of lectures, workshops, etc getting us ready for having our own class in August.
I'll be returning to Orkney in 2 weeks - with mixed feelings about that - and am getting an operation on my right wrist in 2 1/2 weeks - so this next wee spell is still going to be busy as I've got to get everything packed and get the flat totally cleared out.
Off to uni for the day now, will post some more later.
Friday, 15 May 2009
Why on earth do companies insist on adding things like milk and yeast to EVERYTHING as a flavouring? I really can't understand the need for this. One of my favourites is 'sea salt with crushed black peppercorns' flavour kettle chips - why on earth should they need to contain yeast??? Kettle foods obviously think they do! Grrrr.
That's now After Eights I can no longer eat since they started adding butterfat to them. Bournville I can no longer eat since they started adding butterfat to it. Green & Black's Ginger chocolate (and probably all their other flavours too) I can no longer eat as they've started adding milk to it. And now Walkers crisps too ..... Maybe someone is trying to tell me something about healthy eating ....
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
I saw a lactose free cheese advertised a few weeks ago, and finally one of the local supermarkets in Ayr has started stocking it (Morrisons). It's pretty good. It's not quite Orkney cheddar, or Arran cheddar, but it's MILES better than all the dairy free cheeses I've tried. It's a little rubbery in texture eaten 'as is', but melted onto cheese on toast it's really good. It smells like cheese, it melts like cheese, it tastes like cheese. Yippee!
Monday, 4 May 2009
The first week of placement has gone well. Busy, tiring ... but fun. I'm still really enjoying it - despite all the hours spent every evening on paperwork. It's a holida today so that meant an extra day for all the planning and writing up, so I was able to take a little time off over the weekend. My friend Lorna came down to Ayr for the day - she's been working in Canada since I moved down here, so it was great to catch up.
Weather's been horrible today - cold and wet. Not exactly a nice day for the beach .... Ayr's getting noticeably busier now, with lots of folk out on the beach at all times of the day. And the ice cream vans have been out - and a giant inflatable ski slope (was going to go back and get a photo of it to post but I guess with the weather today it'll not be out!).
Monday, 20 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
I was really wishing I was the one out there in that kayak!
It was still lovely today, although a bit hazy. We went for a walk to King's Cross - I didn't even need a jumper. Warm Arran days are so much warmer than warm Orkney days...
I somehow found the discipline to stay inside and work solidly both ways on the ferry! Term starts again tomorrow ....
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
We made the most of the weather and headed off with our kayaks. My first trip out this year!!!
Lots of seals....
My wrists survived it not too badly. Kye decided it was a good opportunity to test out towing techniqes, so that gave em the opportunity to do a few quick stretches on the way back into the wind - without being blown backwards and having to work twice as hard afterwards, which tends to negate the effects of the stretching!
It was still so nice after lunch that Kye headed back down to the beach to go snorkelling.
Again the seals took an interest!!
Then it was out to the garden, cutting grass, bonfire ..... and we rounded off the day with fish & chips eaten on the pier! It felt like a real holiday!
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Friday, 3 April 2009
Same kayaker as last week - DW's friend Alan.
Looking back to Ayr from Greenan Castle.
Getting ready for a nice sunset.
Sunday, 29 March 2009
I really enjoyed it -there were quite a lot of entires in the ploughing match - and also stalls, food (including haggis, porridge & an entire spit roasted pig) and vintage tractors, etc. And there was a birds of prey display ...
Although I had got really cold at the Ploughing Match, by the time I got back to Ayr I was warmed up, and it was still such a nice day (& I was celebrating end of placement) that I headed down the coast to Culzean and spent a few hours walking round the gardens.
Now I'm trying to catch up on the rest of my write-ups....
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Then it was back to school and some language work, before the "topic party" - celebrating our Scotland topic and my last day all together. They had taken it really seriously - some of them brought clothes to change into (tartan dresses or party dresses!) and they had rehearsed their entertainment. One of them had made home-made shortbread, so with that, my shortbread and irn bru and the entertainment we had a great time. We had some presentations from pupil groups about aspects of their topic work, then a slide show and Scottish music - where they were able to demonstrate their learning by pointing out features, etc on the photos. Then 2 pupils entertained us with Scottish tunes on their fiddles, we had a great recitation of a Scots poem complete with actions, and then a whole group performed a song they had written for me!!!! And in keeping with the theme, they had used Scots language. It was great!
In the afternoon we had PE which was also a really fun session. The teacher did a game called "mattress madness" with them. There were a lot of good learning points in it, but it was also a whole lot of fun.
Several of the pupils gave me lovely cards they had made, and wrote messages for me saying how much they would miss me. And 2 of them had made me a book describing some of the work we had all done together over the last 5 weeks. It was great - and also demonstrated what they had learned.
It's going to be really strange on Monday, having no class to teach and instead sitting at lectures for 6 solid hours with only a 20 minute 'lunch break'.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
I had the class on my own for the whole day today!!!!!!!!!! And I survived it!!!! I really enjoyed it actually. Stayed at school until almost 6pm, but that's all my marking done and my planning done for tomorrow. I'm looking forward to tomorrow (got them all on my own again) - but I'm sad too that that's me finished with that class. My Maths set made it to the room ahead of me and quickly wrote a goodbye message on the board, saying they'd miss me...... And they were using mini whiteboards in maths and kept writing messages about missing me. Awww.
Anyway, I'm going to award myself a well-deserved evening off now and watch Monty Halls on BBC i-player, with a glass of wine.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
We had a lovely walk up the footpath to the top of the Brodick hill, then out across the new forestry track towards Clauchlands Point. It's really lovely now that the views are opened up.
We then headed over Dunfion, where we got great views across to Goatfell and into Brodick Bay.
By the time we got back along the front in Lamlash there was blue sky with hardly a cloud in sight.
It was a lovely, relaxing day for me before the hard grind of the last week of placement.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
It was so calm... I was really enjoying my walk, watching the birds and the sunset over the sea. I spotted a lone kayaker - and felt quite jealous, wishing I had my boat with me down here - it would have been a perfect evening for a calm, relaxing paddle, enjoying the wildlife and the scenery. Instead I watched from the shore, and snapped a few photos of the kayaker in the sunset sea.
The kayaker can be seen in the distance here - he (she?) was quite far out from the shore. The kayak is just visible if you look hard - at the top right of the sea in the photo.